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Daniel Swain
Well, unfortunately, this prediction came to fruition: is now largest fire in modern CA history (and yes, all individual fires in the complex have now burned into single, contiguous fire). 6 of California's 10 largest wildfires are *currently burning*.
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AWesternLens Sep 10
Replying to @Weather_West
isn't #9 Elkhorn now part of the August Complex ?
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Daniel Swain Sep 10
Replying to @awesternlens
Good question--don't know. Information flow is *extremely* fuzzy and disjointed given the magnitude of the situation.
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Fred Werner Sep 10
Replying to @Weather_West
I thought August, SCU, LNU, CZU and North Complex fires were already determined to be started by last month’s lightning. Why are they all still listed as “under investigation”
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Daniel Swain Sep 10
Replying to @SustainableFred
They were clearly sparked by lightning (I literally saw the strike that sparked the LNU Complex via the fire alert camera network!!). I think Calfire is just in completely overwhelmed and has been in crisis mode for weeks--some of the formalities are unimportant by comparison.
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Deepti Singh Sep 10
Replying to @Weather_West
Do you know of similar statistics for Oregon and Washington?
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Daniel Swain Sep 10
Replying to @ClimateChirper
I'm not sure of any real-time clearinghouse for that kind of info in Oregon, since OR doesn't have a state-level wildland firefighting organization like Calfire as far as I know...
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A-ha-ha, Evee! Sep 10
Replying to @Weather_West
This is sorrowful news. Any indication at this point of widespread arson?
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Daniel Swain Sep 10
Replying to @es_mecdona
Nope. Many of these fires were sparked by lightning, or damage/accidents during the extreme high wind event.
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starburst Sep 10
Replying to @Weather_West
Marble Cone is still hanging in there. I saw that one start.
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Mathi Beryg Sep 10
Replying to @Weather_West @KetanJ0
We saw this last fire season in Australia too... already large fires merging into megafires.
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